Today I have taken an entire day to mentally check out, pamper myself, and devote entirely to self-love. I recently posted my declaration of 2013 as the year of me. The year that I focus on putting myself first, following my heart, and engaging in activities of love directed within. No more neglecting myself, making excuses, or treating my self as another chore to be cared for. And so today, I am checked into a hotel where I will be having a much needed massage, working out, writing, meditating, reading, and sleeping. Reconnecting and recharging, allowing my future self to be the best me that is possible.
As I begin to decompress, I am able to feel the layers of stress, self-criticism, exhaustion, and neglect make their way to the surface. I sit here welcoming their presence, knowing that they have long been awaiting my acknowledgement and their release from within. The tightness throughout my body relaxes, the sense of urgency dissipates, and I settle into a state of simply being. I am returning to a state of peace and contentment, a place where I am most me.
I begin hearing the voice of love in my head and in my heart. I silently question within, when is that last time I told myself “I love you?” And so I say it now, feeling my love for me so deeply within my heart that I am almost moved to tears. I let myself know what a great job I am doing, that I am proud of me, and quite simply that I love me. This is the gift I give to myself today, the gift of letting it all go and acknowledging that I am ok. Better than ok, I am fabulous!